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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The Art of the Sports Hoax

One large omission is how Jeffrey Loria ended up getting the Marlins.

“The trouble with scouts is that they seldom believe what they see,” Richard Pohle once said. The remark was true long before Moneyball. So Pohle, a 36-year-old baseball washout, decided to transform his aging body into the one thing scouts couldn’t resist. Pohle became a 21-year-old phenom. He was Rocky Perone … from Australia. To complete the hoax, Pohle wore a shaggy, Pete Rose hairpiece. A Dutch Boy painter’s hat. He taught himself ‘70s dugout chatter like, “He brings it.” (A final, ingenious touch was that he bunted badly. Pohle figured no 21-year-old phenom knew how to bunt.) In 1974, a bewitched Padres scout signed “Perone.” He made it to Class A and even reached base before a manager recognized the ruse. In 2009, the Los Angeles Times reported that a 71-year-old Pohle was helping other aging players to penetrate pro ball. “Guilt?” Pohle scoffed to the paper. “What guilt?”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 26, 2013 at 06:44 PM | 11 comment(s)
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